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Chris Beck | The Journey

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The Journey

by Chris Beck

Chris Beck’s unique ability to pay homage to the classic straight-ahead style of jazz while infusing elements of his African roots and Gospel upbringing, makes this record exciting from start to finish.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mahjong
5:11 album only
2. Ode to Mother Young
5:33 album only
3. Teona
6:37 album only
4. Byrdlike
3:41 album only
5. Hodge-Podge
2:56 album only
6. Yeshua (His Love)
7:30 album only
7. Quintessence
5:47 album only
8. Waiting for Aiden
6:40 album only
9. Tears in Heaven
4:40 album only
10. My Inner Circle
5:47 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
This record is a culmination of my life as a man, husband, father, musician and composer. My intent with this album is to convey some of the circumstances and emotional shades I have experienced during certain stages of my life, up until this point. I dedicate this body of work first and foremost to the Most High from whom all my gifts and talent come. I also dedicate this record to my fiery little angel Aiden William Beck.

Special thanks to my beautiful wife for always being my number one fan and pushing me beyond my limits. Thank you to my mom for being there for me when playing the drums was just a dream. Thank you to my father for inspiring me to continue the musical legacy of the Beck family. Thank you to my teacher, mentor and spiritual father Mr. Michael W. Carvin for your guidance, love and support throughout this entire process. And last but certainly not least, my great band: Stacy, Terell, Anthony, and Eric; thank you for playing your butts off and always showing love toward me on and off the bandstand.

The songs you will hear on this album are either my original compositions or works of other great composers that have influenced my playing and writing. Each song has significant meaning and showcases my roots, honoring my African heritage and the rich tradition of the Black church.

The album starts out with a wonderful tune entitled "Mahjong" written by one of America’s greatest composers, Wayne Shorter. The energy of this tune sets the stage for the entire record. I chose this tune in particular because of its beautiful, soaring, and fierce melodic structure. The harmonic and rhythmic connection between Wheeler and Wonsey is impeccable and allows everyone else to fit in effortlessly.

Loosely based on the changes of Wayne Shorter’s Nefertiti, "Teona" is a ballad named after and written for my lovely sister, with whom I am blessed to share my birthday.

God is the central and stabilizing force in my life. His love is truly amazing. He has and will continue to sustain me through all the hardships and challenges of this life. "Yeshua" is a song I wrote dedicated to the true image and characteristics of Christ.

"Waiting for Aiden" was written for my first born son who we lost in 2015 due to a tragic accident. Although he is no longer here with us in the physical sense, we carry our love for him in our hearts and know we will see him again one day. Until that day, we wait.

"Tears In Heaven" is written by Eric Clapton, and arranged by myself and Yoichi Uzeki. Listening to the lyrics, written by Clapton, whose own son died tragically, made the decision to record this song an easy one. I am dedicating this song to every grieving parent who is living with a piece of their heart missing.

Another original composition, "My Inner Circle" is dedicated to my closest family and friends, those with whom I share my most personal thoughts. Thank you for your constant and unwavering friendship and support. I love you.

Peace and love!

C Beck



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